Let us introduce you to the classic city we know and love on this 6-hour tour exploring the city’s most popular sites along with some of our personal favourites. Chile´s rich cultural heritage comes to life as we visit the iconic symbols of the city, including La Plaza de Armas (the main square), La Moneda (the government palace), the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the spectacular Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded in 1541. We continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes Mountains in the background. We’ll also visit the Orient Sector, the most modern area of the city, with its impressive high-rise buildings and classy boulevards before we offer you a choice of the activities designed to enhance your Santiago experience. Later we take a walking tour through the Mercado Central, Chile’s largest fresh seafood market where you can try some of the local cuisine on offer. On completion of the tour you’ll be returned to your hotel and have free time to further explore the city at your leisure. Overnight in Santiago.
After breakfast , depart for Valparaíso which is Chile’s oldest port. It is also home to the country’s Senate and Chamber of Deputies, which moved here from the capital in 1989, when Chilean democratic governance was re-established. The city’s many hills are covered with a multi-colored panorama of painted houses crowding every nook and cranny, ensuring a spectacular backdrop to your visit. During your tour, you will see the historic city centre, whose fine 19th-Century architecture provides good reason for its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Then, you will travel to a view-point overlooking the city via one of Valparaíso’s signature funicular elevators, two dozen of which were built at the turn of the 20th Century to connect the upper and lower sections of the city. You will also visit the parliamentary building and Plaza Sotomayor’s memorial to the heroes of the War of the Pacific, before you continue to Catrala Boutique Vineyard, located in the way back to Santiago. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit La Sebastiana Museum which used to be Pablo Neruda’s house in Valparaíso, now open to the public as a museum. High up on Cerro Florida, it offers a marvellous view of the sea and an interesting insight into the life and work of this eccentric poet and diplomat. Pablo Neruda bought this place in order “to live and write in peace” and furnished every corner according to his taste and preferences. He sometimes celebrated New Year’s Eve here. Pablo Neruda called La Sebastiana “a house that seems to be floating in the air, but stands firmly on the ground”. Continue our tour to the idyllic Catrala Boutique Vineyard was recently founded in 2003 and is among Chile’s youngest vineyards. It is a perfect location to close the day. You will learn about winegrowing with biodynamic and organic farming in a relaxed and familiar atmosphere. The “Peñuelas” nature reserve, which is full of endemic tree species, surrounds the vineyard and lends the area a spicy scent. In this wonderful environment it is easy to forget about daily life and to enjoy Catrala’s quality wines. Overnight in Santiago.
After breakfast, depart from Santiago, sit back and relax during the scenic drive to Santa Rita Winery. Boasting a dramatic backdrop of the Andes Mountains, the sculpted gardens and verdant splendor of the winery prove a spectacular sight. Greet your knowledgeable guide and begin your tour of the sprawling vineyards, learning about the 19th century origin of the vineyard as you wander. Explore the fermentation cellars and bottling plant to enrich your knowledge of traditional production methods, and then stand before the historical structure of Bodega 1 for a glimpse of typical colonial construction. Venture to the legendary landmark of Don Paula Restaurant, an establishment declared a national monument due to its colorful past. Hear about the 120 battle weary rebel soldiers who sought refuge in the restaurant, and how the courageous owner accommodated the revolutionaries. Sample the three varieties of the signature 120 wine, dedicated to this historical legend. Spend your remaining time at Santa Rita strolling the gorgeous gardens or observing the intriguing artifacts in the on-site Andean Museum. We will have lunch at the facilities. Transfer top the Santiago Airport for your short flight to Temuco. Overnight in Temuco.
In the morning we will depart from Temuco and start heading east towards Villarrica National Park, a protected area boasting 63,000 hectares. Once in the park, our trekking adventure will begin bordering one of the most important lagoons of the area: Quillelhue. This is where we can find the majority of avifauna in this park including black-necked swans, red-gartered coot and a variety of ducks. After lunch, we will continue following a different trail passing through the northern slope of the imposing Lanín Volcano. There we will have the chance to experience direct contact with nature as we discover the Andean Lagoons and the biodiversity they encompass. If lucky, we might spot skunks, Andean condors, woodpeckers and even cougars while walking through lush forests of coigües and monkey puzzle trees.
After this great experience, we will return to our starting point to admire a nearby waterfall and then head back to Temuco. Overnight in Temuco.
After a relaxed breakfast, get ready for the journey to your unique eclipse-viewing site, where you’ll will enjoy a cocktail while standing in the moons shadow and observing the total Solar Eclipse. This evening we will celebrate great eclipse in our hotel followed by dinner. Overnight in Temuco.
Half day free of leisure in Temuco , afternoon flight back to Santiago. Upon arrival check in your hotel and rest of the day free of leisure. Overnight in Santiago.
Flight back to home.